We’ve been looking at psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis that is relatively unknown to the public. In Part 1 I discussed what this disease is and some of its risk factors. In Part 2 we investigated symptoms that, when combined with the pre-existing skin disease of psoriasis, could indicate that psoriatic arthritis is developing.
I’d like to finish my 3-Part series by introducing you to a 4 people who were diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, and talk a little about how they have coped with this disease.
- Byron Janis is an American classical pianist, a child prodigy born in 1928. In 1960 Janis was the first American musician invited to go to the Soviet Union, and it’s his performance that opened cultural exchange with that country during the cold war. When Janis was honored at a State Dinner in 1985 at the White House by President Ronald Reagan, he went public with the announcement that he suffered from psoriatic arthritis.He had a series of surgeries to restore movement to his hands and wrists, used medication, and also found that acupuncture helped him. In an interview with ABC he explained, “Arthritis has taught me to look inside myself for new sources of strength and creativity. It has given my life a new intensity. I have arthritis, but it does not have me.”
- Shawn Lane (see photo) is considered by some to be the greatest guitarist of all time. He suffered from psoriasis from an early age, and when he was 13 he was also diagnosed with a particularly severe form of psoriatic arthritis.Although Lane was able to keep playing guitar, as well as the piano, he had difficulty walking. He depended on steroids to control his condition, and was able to continue performing for almost 30 years. In 2003 Lane died of pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs that can occur as a secondary condition to psoriatic arthritis.
- Dennis Potter (1935 – 1994) was an English dramatist who wrote a number of hugely popular television shows well before computers and word processor keyboards were available. His psoraiatic arthritis was crippling at times, and he described his hands as being “whittled down to clubs.”Potter continued to write, however, and coped by fastening a pen to his hand. His used his most popular BBC television series “The Singing Detective,” as an avenue to help educate the public on his disease, featuring a character who was a writer with psoriatic arthritis who also wrote with a pen tied to his hand.
- Phil Mickelson, a pro golfer, has had to learn how to cope with his diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Read more about this great athlete in my article Is It Psoriatic Arthritis.
If you suffer from psoriatic arthritis or any of the other 100 arthritis types, it’s a sure bet that learning how to cope is a top priority for you. A simple coping measure is to use my UGLee Pen whenever you write. This scientifically-designed ergonomic pen has the unique ability to “grip you,” so that any difficulty you have experienced in the past in trying to grasp a pen is reduced, giving you a comfortable writing experience.
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